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Salisbury Orthopaedic Team Wins National Prize 

Orthopaedic staff at Salisbury District Hospital have won a national award from the Clinical Leaders Network (CLN) recognising their position as one of the leading teams in the country that treat people with broken hips.

The award, which was judged by leading UK heath professionals, highlights the team’s performance against six key national standards. These include fast access to a specialist consultant, early review by multidisciplinary teams, and timely assessment  and surgery. 

The award was presented to nurse practitioner Francis Fernando at the CLN congress in Leeds for his role in driving improvements within the department. 

Francis Fernando said: “ All hospitals across the country are working to the six national standards, which aim to improve the care given to people who have a broken hip.”  

“When we compared ourselves to other hospitals across the country some time ago we could see that we needed to make changes in this area and started a radical  programme of improvements based on the national standards. This has resulted in better access to specialist care and enabled  more patients to return home sooner to their family and friends with appropriate support in the community.” 

Orthopaedic Staff 
Francis Fernando (centre) with members of the orthopaedic team at Salisbury District Hospital

Between 200 and 250 patients each year are admitted to Salisbury District Hospital each year with a broken hip. The latest figures show that:

  • 97% of patients receive a preoperative assessment from a specialist geriatrician (national average - 70%)
  • 85% of patients have their operation within 36 hours (national average - 62%)
  • 100% of patients receive bone protection therapy within 72 hours (national average - 90%)
  • 100% of patients receive a falls assessment within 72 hours (national average - 88%)  

Tracey Nutter, Director of Nursing said:  ” The Trust meets all six standards in 85% of cases making us the second best performing hospital in the country in this important area of patient care.   This is an outstanding achievement which reflects the skills, professionalism and commitment of the whole team and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate them for all their hard work and effort.”

Ms Nutter added: “ It is the team that has driven change within their own department and I know that they will work hard to maintain current standards and look to make further improvements that benefit their patients wherever possible.”   

For further information please contact: 

Patrick Butler
Public Relations Manager,
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

Tel: 01722 425170


Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:07 
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